6.4 magnitude earthquake shakes Taiwan

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A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck near the coastal city of Hualien in Taiwan, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, causing buildings including a hotel to collapse and forcing the closure of a nearby highway.

The quake struck about 22 kms (14 miles) northeast of Hualien – which is home to about 100,000 people – shortly before midnight, and the epicenter was very shallow at just 1km, the USGS said. There was no immediate confirmation of any deaths or injuries or word of any tsunami warning, but the government confirmed in the early hours of Wednesday that the Marshal Hotel in Hualien had collapsed, trapping three people inside.

Another building also collapsed in Hualien, it added, but did not say whether any people had been trapped there. Four other buildings, including two hotels, also tilted during the earthquake in Hualien, a popular tourist destination on Taiwan’s eastern coast, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) south of the capital, Taipei. (AP)

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<p>A damaged vehicle stands in rubble outside the Marshal Hotel in Hualien, eastern Taiwan early February 7, 2018, after a strong earthquake struck the island. (Photo: Paul Yang/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
6.4 magnitude earthquake shakes Taiwan

A damaged vehicle stands in rubble outside the Marshal Hotel in Hualien, eastern Taiwan early February 7, 2018, after a strong earthquake struck the island. (Photo: Paul Yang/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A damaged building in Hualien, eastern Taiwan, after a magnitude 6 earthquake hit Hualien on the night of Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Shutterstock/EPA) </p>
6.4 magnitude earthquake shakes Taiwan

A damaged building in Hualien, eastern Taiwan, after a magnitude 6 earthquake hit Hualien on the night of Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Shutterstock/EPA)

<p>In this image from TV, emergency services attend after a building collapsed on its side, as a man climbs a ladder to gain access to the building, centre background, after an early morning earthquake in Hualien County, eastern Taiwan, Feb. 7 2018. (Photo: EBC via AP) </p>
6.4 magnitude earthquake shakes Taiwan

In this image from TV, emergency services attend after a building collapsed on its side, as a man climbs a ladder to gain access to the building, centre background, after an early morning earthquake in Hualien County, eastern Taiwan, Feb. 7 2018. (Photo: EBC via AP)

<p>In this photo released by Hualien County Fire Bureau, Taiwanese people watching a building that collapsed on its side from an early morning earthquake in Hualien County, eastern Taiwan, early Feb. 7 2018. (Photo: Hualien County Fire Bureau via AP) </p>
6.4 magnitude earthquake shakes Taiwan

In this photo released by Hualien County Fire Bureau, Taiwanese people watching a building that collapsed on its side from an early morning earthquake in Hualien County, eastern Taiwan, early Feb. 7 2018. (Photo: Hualien County Fire Bureau via AP)

<p>In this photo released by Hualien County Fire Bureau, rescuers are seen entering an building that collapsed onto its side from an early morning earthquake in Hualien County, eastern Taiwan, Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Hualien County Fire Bureau via AP) </p>
6.4 magnitude earthquake shakes Taiwan

In this photo released by Hualien County Fire Bureau, rescuers are seen entering an building that collapsed onto its side from an early morning earthquake in Hualien County, eastern Taiwan, Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Hualien County Fire Bureau via AP)

<p>Rescue workers search through rubble outside the Marshal Hotel in Hualien, eastern Taiwan early Feb. 7, 2018, after a strong earthquake struck the island.<br> (Photo: AFP/Getty Images) </p>
6.4 magnitude earthquake shakes Taiwan

Rescue workers search through rubble outside the Marshal Hotel in Hualien, eastern Taiwan early Feb. 7, 2018, after a strong earthquake struck the island.
(Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

<p>In this photo released by Hualien County Fire Bureau, an building collapsed by earthquake at an early morning in Hualien County, eastern Taiwan, Feb. 7 2018. (Photo: Hualien County Fire Bureau/Source via AP) </p>
6.4 magnitude earthquake shakes Taiwan

In this photo released by Hualien County Fire Bureau, an building collapsed by earthquake at an early morning in Hualien County, eastern Taiwan, Feb. 7 2018. (Photo: Hualien County Fire Bureau/Source via AP)

<p>Rescue workers search through rubble outside the Marshal Hotel in Hualien, eastern Taiwan early Feb. 7, 2018, after a strong earthquake struck the island.<br> (Photo: AFP/Getty Images) </p>
6.4 magnitude earthquake shakes Taiwan

Rescue workers search through rubble outside the Marshal Hotel in Hualien, eastern Taiwan early Feb. 7, 2018, after a strong earthquake struck the island.
(Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

<p>In this photo released by Hualien County Fire Bureau, rescuers are seen entering an building that collapsed on its side from an early morning earthquake in Hualien County, eastern Taiwan, Feb. 7 2018. (Photo: Hualien County Fire Bureau via AP) </p>
6.4 magnitude earthquake shakes Taiwan

In this photo released by Hualien County Fire Bureau, rescuers are seen entering an building that collapsed on its side from an early morning earthquake in Hualien County, eastern Taiwan, Feb. 7 2018. (Photo: Hualien County Fire Bureau via AP)

<p>Rescure workers search the damaged Marshal Hotel in Hualien, eastern Taiwan, early Feb. 7, 2018, after a strong earthquake struck the island.<br> (Photo: Paul Yang/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
6.4 magnitude earthquake shakes Taiwan

Rescure workers search the damaged Marshal Hotel in Hualien, eastern Taiwan, early Feb. 7, 2018, after a strong earthquake struck the island.
(Photo: Paul Yang/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Two guests are escorted by rescue workers from the damaged Marshal Hotel in Hualien, eastern Taiwan early February 7, 2018, after a strong earthquake struck the island. (Photo: Yang Jen-Fu/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
6.4 magnitude earthquake shakes Taiwan

Two guests are escorted by rescue workers from the damaged Marshal Hotel in Hualien, eastern Taiwan early February 7, 2018, after a strong earthquake struck the island. (Photo: Yang Jen-Fu/AFP/Getty Images)

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